“That’s absolutely complicating matters,” she said.
Florida’s children also are being affected. At this time, only children 12 and older can get vaccinated, leaving younger kids vulnerable as the aggressive delta spreads in communities. Pfizer is studying the use of its vaccine in children 5 to 11.
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood has admitted seven children with COVID-19 — two are in intensive care. However, the hospital also is seeing an uptick in children arriving at the Emergency Department with COVID symptoms but not sick enough to be admitted. In June, 36 children were seen in the Emergency Department, and thus far in July, 190 have been treated, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Broward Health and its Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital have seven children admitted, including a 15-year-old on a ventilator, Kumar said.
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami has admitted 17 children and six are in intensive care. One is on a ventilator. The children range from 15 months to 19 years old — all unvaccinated.
“Kids do fairly well,” said Dr. Marcos Mestre, Nicklaus Children’s senior medical director of Pediatric Services. “Only 1 to 2% of them require hospitalization.”
Mestre said he expects COVID cases and hospitalizations to rise further in the next few weeks. “I am pleading with parents of children 12 and older to get them vaccinated now — even though it’s already the eleventh hour.”
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